Week 3: Group

Proposal Topic and Discussion (same from last post): GeoStories is a Los Angeles-based consortium of Urban Studies and Culturomic experts working with clients to create interactive, experiential mapping solutions using web-GIS technologies. In particular, GeoStories specializes in combining narrative and cartographic practices to create engaging, consumer-facing digital map interfaces.

For their newest client, UrbanStudies206B, GeoStories looks to create a “StoryEngine” that would allow users to create their own multimedia, narrative-driven maps. The StoryEngine site—whose motto is, “Tell Your Story, One Place At a Time”—would in essence be an interface that prompts a user to input information and media that would then be used to almost immediately generate a personalized, digital map narrative.

Wireframes

1) This will be our awesome website frame:

2) Imagine above cool frame in the following wiresketches:

Functionalities: The interface would utilize a function asking the user to input a minimum of 5 locations, each with written descriptions (stories), and with the option of attaching media such as images/video. Once finished, and the user hits the “Mapify” button, a digital map incorporating the user’s designated locations, descriptions, and media would automatically be generated in nifty info windows. The map could then be easily edited, shared or downloaded.

API’s:

Google Earth (https://developers.google.com/earth/)

Google Maps (https://developers.google.com/maps/)

Historical Maps API? Youtube? Picasa?

Milestones – By Week 6: Full wireframe sketches of website. Want to have identified all API’s (specifically, historical map API’s). Figure out how to use the old vintage book image as a frame for website. By Finals: Fully functional website with a sample stories.

Concerns: 1) getting historical map API’s 2) learning enough web GIS to create this website 3) creating a working interface where users can input information we can convert (i.e. address —> lat/long coordinates) 4) storage space for user pictures/videos or would requiring picasa/youtube accounts take care of this?

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